New Phone System

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 11.20.34 AMThe district has recently changed phone systems. Though transitions are sometimes hard, we believe this will better serve our families and district.  The menus have changed and … Continue reading

Recycling Program

On Thursday, April 24, Tilford 3rd Grade students learned about recycling from Kristin Simon on behalf of Benton County Recycling. Students were informed about materials such as cardboard, newspaper, cans, jugs, and juice boxes that are able to be recycled … Continue reading

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BOGO Book Fairs and New App

It is once again time for Scholastic Book Fairs throughout our district!  To encourage kids to stock up on books for summer reading, all books and items in our spring book fairs are Buy One Get One free!

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Slim Goodbody


Article by Laurie Hyland

Slim Goodbody educated and entertained third grade students from Vinton and Shellsburg by performing his Bodyology show at the Tilford Auditorium on Wednesday, February 26. Students were engaged in … Continue reading

Tiny Vikes PK & Kind Enrollment – Orientation Information



Please visit the school website: to enroll your child for Tiny Vike’s 4-Year Old Preschool or Kindergarten.  If you do not have access to … Continue reading


Payschools Powerschool School Messenger Total K12


My name is Jim Murray and I am proud to be serving as principal of Tilford Elementary School, part of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, located in Vinton, Iowa.

After graduating from Iowa State University, I had experiences teaching 2nd and 5th grade for the Wall Lake View Auburn School District and 4th grade for Storm Lake Community Schools. I continued my education at Buena Vista University, earning my Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration and then served as 3-5 principal in Independence. I’ve been a principal in our school district since 2003 and am proud to serve as both a learner and leader to the staff, students and families of Tilford. My wife Lisa and I are proud residents of the Vinton community. I have three children, Lucas, Logan and Lauren who are currently enjoying their educational experiences in our school district.

Our excellent teachers and support staff are committed to providing a respectful, caring and supportive environment in which all students reach academic success. Our staff and students both welcome and value the support of our families, volunteer and resources provided by our outstanding community.

Please feel free to visit our school. We would love to share with you all the great learning that is happening at Tilford Elementary School!

Jim Murray
319-436-4728 ext.200